Morrison's Pensions

Pension Application for Andrew Secor

Private, Captain Bell, Col. Green, New York Line
State of New York
Albany County SS.
            On this 18th day of July 1832, personally appeared before Joseph B. Moore a Judge of the County Courts of the County of Albany and State aforesaid Andrew Secor aged 73 years and upwards who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath, make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832.
            That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers, and served as herein stated.
            That he entered the said service on the first day of March 1776 at Haverstraw in the County of Rockland in the State of New York where he then resided and enlisted in Captain Bells company in Colonel Greens regiment for the term of nine months and marched to Nyack in the said county and from there went to White Plains and joined the army under the command of Genl Nathanial Green, and was at the Battle of White Plains, during that engagement he had one ball shot through his hat, and had a slight wound on his thigh.  He continued at that place, and at a place near there until the last of December in the same year, when he was discharged, and then returned home.  He rec’d a written discharge which is lost.  At the Battle of White Plains the Sergeant he was under was killed.
            In June 1777, he again entered the service and enlisted in Capt. Tallman’s Company for three months at Haverstraw aforesaid and was employed during that time in keeping guard along the lines, and guarding the shipping &c until September of the same year when he was dismissed and then returned home to Haverstraw.  Immediately after he again entered the said service as a volunteer and joined Capt. Ackers Company & Col. Hays regiment of Militia and continued in this company and regiment for more than two months and was employed in guarding the prisoners taken at Stoney Point, and guarding the lines along the shore at Tappan, Nyack, and various other places and continued at this time until late in the winter when he was dismissed, and he returned home.  That during the remainder of the year 1778 and the year 1779, he belonged to the militia and was called out a great many times on alarms, on scouts, in classes and as a minute man and frequently went out as a substitute for his brothers who were drafted or classed, that it is improbable to enumerate all the times and circumstances relating to this kind of service but that he can swear positively that there was but a very small portion of his time but what he was in the service during the whole of the Revolutionary War—
            In the fall of the year 1780, he enlisted in Captain Gardner’s Company of Rangers in Rockland County, (then Orange County) for the term of six months, this company was raised by order of Gov. George Clinton and was engaged during that time in scouts, guarding the lines, watching convoys and horse teems until the spring of the next year when he was discharged.
            That he has no documentary evidence at this time to prove his service, nor does he know of any person he can procure to testify to his service except Isaac Secor who has made an affidavit hereto annexed.
            That he resides 20 miles from the City of Albany where the Courts of Record are held for the County of Albany.  That he is infirm but thinks it would be impossible for him to go that distance to Court.  That the cholera is now raging at the said city as he understands and believes to great extent, and he also understands that there is now no Court of Record in session at that place—and that he does not think is safe to go to Albany at this time provided a court of Record was now held there. 
            He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state.
            He further states that while he was in Capt. Acker’s company in Colo. Hay’s regiment, about a week before Stoney Point was taken he was in an engagement with the enemy.  Across the [?]  or marsh adjoining Stoney Point that he killed a British Officer.  That he served as a private soldier during the times above stated.  That he is unable to write his name having never been taught to write.  (Signed with his name)  Andrew Secor
            Sworn to and subscribed the day and year aforesaid before me.  J.B. Moore Judge of Albany County Courts.

Letter written in reply to a request for information, dated October 23, 1939.
            Reference is made to your request for information relative to Andrew Secor who served in the Revolutionary War.
            The data which follow were taken from papers on file in the pension claim, S.15232, based on the military service of the only Andrew Secor that is found in the Revolutionary War records of this office.
            The date and place of birth of Andrew Secor and the names of his parents are not shown.
            While living in Haverstraw, Rockland County, New York, he enlisted and served as private with the New York troops as follows; from March 1, 1776, nine months in Captain bell’s company in Colonel Green’s regiment and was in the battle of White Plains where he received a slight wound in the thigh; from June, 1777, three months in Captain Tallman’s company; immediately afterward severed two months in Captain Acker’s company in Colonel Hay’s regiment; in 1778 and 1779 served on various tours, amounting to six months in all, under Captains Acker and Tallman and Colonels Cooper and Hay, was in an engagement at Stony Point about a week before it  was captured and during this time served as substitute for his brothers (names not given); from September, 1780, six months in Captain Gardener’s company of rangers; from the spring of 1781 until the close of the war was frequently called out to serve in the militia during alarms.
            Andrew Secor was allowed pension on his application executed July 18, 1832, at which time he was living in Berne, Albany County, New York, aged “seventy-three years and upwards.”
            Issac Secor who was born December 1, 1755, was living in Berne, New York in 1832, and he then stated that he had served with Andrew Secor during the Revolution but did not give the relationship. There are no further data relative to soldier’s family.
            Andrew Secor, Certificate 2706, issued December 4, 1832, rate $80 per annum, commenced March 4, 1831, Act of June 7, 1832, New York Agency.

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